Life Is a Gift: Inspiration from the Soon Departed

Life Is a Gift: Inspiration from the Soon Departed

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Life Is a Gift: Inspiration from the Soon Departed by Bob Fisher, Judy Fisher

In candid interviews, terminal patients in the Alive Hospice program talked with authors Bob and Judy Fisher, addressing some of the most important questions we ask about our life and how we've made the journey. These end-of-life ponderings are collected into inspirational and provoking thoughts that will encourage each of us to live life fully. Each story is reflected in thematic chapters-priorities, family, simple pleasures, romance, integrity, regret, forgiveness-crafted into a series of "lessons learned," offering motivation to approach life with more vigor. These powerful stories deliver the clear message that if you wait to really live until you know you are going to die, you risk missing much of the joy life has to offer and the chance to leave a positive legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446537018
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 05/20/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 280 KB

About the Author

Robert Fisher has been a university professor, dean, academic vice president, and has served as president of Belmont University in Nashville for the past six years. He is a Fulbright Scholar and serves in numerous volunteer roles including serving on the NCAA Division I Board and Executive Committee, the board of the Nashville Symphony, and is the current Chairman of the Greater Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Judy Fisher has filled the roles of mother, Middle School science teacher, and currently, the campus-wide coordinator of interior construction and external landscaping/lighting at Belmont University. Judy conducted the large majority of the interviews for this project. Judy is active in community service where she serves on several non-profit boards including the American Lung Association, the Nashville Opera, and most notably, the board of Alive Hospice.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
The Blessings of Earth     1
Gathering Around     12
Living the Moment     22
A Coloring Book-Maddie's Story     34
Finding Purpose     47
Reconciliation     60
Loving People     69
Laughing at Life     79
Getting Along     89
Peace-Shirley's Story     102
Defeating Regret-Proactive Discipline     109
Defeating Regret-Perspective     122
Defeating Regret-Treasuring Relationships     135
Forgiving and Being Forgiven     144
Hoping for Heaven     155
The Final Healing     166
Living for Others     178
Living for God     190
Conclusion: It All Comes Down to This     203
The Ultimate Living and Dying Test     209
A Word About Alive Hospice     211
Notes     216
About the Authors     221

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